Kristine Opolais is featured on two tracks on Jonas Kaufmann’s latest album, Nessun Dorma: The Puccini Album. She sings the duets “Tu, tu, Amore tu?” (Manon Lescaut) and “O soave fanciulla” (La Bohème) with Kaufmann. The pair can be seen frequently together on concert and operatic stages worldwide, including their highly-anticipated return to the roles of Manon and Des Grieux in a new production of Manon Lescaut this season at The Metropolitan Opera.

Antonio Pappano leads the Orchestra and Chorus dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia on this new Sony Classical release, which also features selections from Madama ButterflyTosca, and many other much-loved Puccini works. Purchase your copy today via Amazon or iTunes, and for an audio preview of the tracks, enjoy NPR’s First Listen feature on the album.

“Manon and des Grieux’s Act II love duet finds soprano Kristine Opolais partnering Kaufmann (as she did in London performances last year) with sensitivity and voluptuous sound . . .  La Bohème’s Act I finale, “O soave fanciulla,” again with Opolais, is seductive in its intensity and restraint, with invitingly caressed phrases.”

Judith Malafronte – Opera News